Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 1

Kilimanjaro Expedition 1

Back in March of 2009, I had the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania with a group of vision impaired and blind people.  This was a fundraising event known as the Highsight Expedition raising funds for Qld Eye Institute, South Brisbane.   As the first time travelling out of Australia for me it was quite an experience!

Funny thing was that about a year prior I met with a tarot card reader who told me I would be travelling on several aircraft in the one trip.  I mentioned to her a mate of mine and I were planning to cruise Route 66 in the US.  She told me that that wouldn’t happen – and she was right!

What a trip.  Leaving Brisbane at 2:45 am we flew to Singapore, on to Dubai, for a 14-hour layover and further on to Johannesburg.  Then 15 of us on a 21 seater bus took a 7-hour bus trip to the Drakensberg Mountains for two nights to meet with the South African team and aclimitise. After that, there were 25 of us in the 21 seater bus!

Leaving at 12 midnight a 7-hour bus trip took us back to Johannesburg to fly to Nairobi, taking a smaller plane to land in Moshi, Tanzania followed by a 3-hour trip to our overnight stay. Our resort had 8-foot chain-wire fence with barbed wire on top.  That kind of makes you feel you’re in a safe environment!!!

All up there were eight vision impaired people, four from Australia, one from Belgium, one from New Zealand and two from South Africa.  The intention was to be the first large group of vision impaired people to summit the mountain on the one excursion.

What happened next? More next time.

Coffee – Number 1 source of Antioxidants

Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
Studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve mood and stop headaches.

Coffee’s antioxidant compound includes 

1. Caffeic acid
2. Caffeine
3. Eugenol
4. Gamma- tocopherol
5. Isoeugenol
6. P-coumaric acid
7. Tannic acid
In fact, coffee is the primary and essential source of beneficial, protective antioxidants in the American diet.
Roasted coffee contain more antioxidants than non-roasted coffee.

Major Health Benefits of Coffee:

Helps you burn fat – Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplements. It’s among one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.

Drastically improves physical performance – Caffeine stimulates the nervous system by signalling fat cells to break down body fat. But it also increases epinephrine levels in your blood. Epinephrine is a fight or flight hormone which prepares your body for intense physical exertion. Therefore it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee before you head to the gym.

Contains important and essential nutrients – A single cup of coffee contains-

1. Riboflavin- 11%of reference daily intake (RDI)
2. Pantothenic acid(Vitamin B5)- 6% of the RDI
3. Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI
4. Magnesium and Niacin( Vitamin D3): 2% of the RDI

 

Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem currently affecting millions of people. It is characterized by elevated blood sugar level caused by insulin resistance. For some reason coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

May lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia: Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and the leading cause of dementia. Several studies reveal that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and coffee consumption reduces the risk of this disorder.

Can fight depression and make you happier: Depression is a serious mental disorder which causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is very common as about 42% people in US currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.

Another study found that people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day were 53% less likely to die by suicide.
For people who eat a standard western diet, coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of the diet. This is because coffee is quite high in antioxidants.
In excess, coffee and more particularly caffeine can cause problems but taking about 2 or 3 cups of coffee per day is suggestive of health benefits from it.

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Probiotics: Promote instant intestinal health

Probiotics: What are they and what do you need before taking them?
Probiotics are a type of bacteria that provide you with a range of health benefits when taken in the right amounts. These live microorganisms are said to restore the healthy balance of gut bacteria in your digestive system regulating your stools and improving your overall immune system. If you’re ill and the problem is related to your gut, probiotics are the solution.

1. Selecting the specific probiotic organisms:

Probiotics come in many variations
  • Lactobacillus
  • Lactococcus
  • Propionibacterium
  • Bulgaricus
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
Lactobacillus is the most common probiotic, commonly found in yogurt and fermented food. It helps with diarrhea and has a beneficial impact on people who cannot digest lactose.
Another common probiotic is Bifidobacterium– it can be found in some dairy products like cheese and it is beneficial for people suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

2. Optimal conditions for probiotics:

Don’t forget that probiotics are living organisms and they need optimal environment so they can flourish. Fresh food rather than processed is a better choice.

3. Dig into fermented foods :

Live probiotic cultures are found in fermented dairy products such as yoghurt and kefir- a fermented milk drink. Other fermented foods abundant in probiotics are
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Tempen

4. When should you take probiotics:

Probiotics are best taken 15-30 mins before breakfast. This is a time when bacteria has the highest chance of survival due to the acidic nature of the gut.
Avoid taking probiotics together with acidic foods as they can kill microbes.

5. Storage of probiotics:

You’re making a mistake if you’re keeping your probiotic supplements in the bathroom medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard. These places have fluctuating temperatures which result in a change in moisture levels which can lead to a change in the effectiveness of your products.

6. Side effects of probiotics:

Gas or bloating. It is a relatively uncommon issue but some people have reported it. It shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise as your body needs time to adjust to new internal conditions
People taking yeast based probiotics may experience constipation and increased thirst.
Incorporating probiotics regularly is your best bet for continued well being.

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Coenzyme Q10: Magic for Healthy Skin

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 also known as ubiquinoneis an enzyme produces naturally in the human body and is found in every cell and tissue. It is involved in a number of biological functions:
1. Helping to produce energy
2. Neutralizing free radicals
3. Keeping the cells both inside the body and the skin healthy
Coenzyme Q10 is found not only in supplements but also in beauty products. A benefit of Coenzyme Q10 lies in it’s antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are naturally existing compounds which have been shown to protect cells in your body against damage.
Coenzyme Q10 is widely known for it’s skincare benefits in topical creams but not many are familiar with oral supplements. Taken orally, coenzyme Q10 is more beneficial than topical lotions alone.

Various skincare benefits of coenzyme Q10 are:

  • It energizes skin: Your skin has plenty of CoQ10 and has lots of energy – energy needed to repair and make sure that the skin cells are healthy.
  • Protects again photo ageing- It specifically means premature ageing due to overexposure to the sun. Sun is the fastest skin ager. If you don’t believe me, just compare the skin of your face with the skin of your back(which is hardly exposed)
  • Rejuvenates skin by stimulating skin cell activity – Active skin cells get rid of toxins easily and make better use of nutrients. When your skin ages, all these processes slow down causing dull and wrinkled skin. Boost your skin cell activity by CoQ10.
  • It stimulates collagen production: Collagen is the protein that decreases with age leading to wrinkles and leathery skin
  • It is a potent antioxidant that acts against oxidative damage- This damage is done by – For eg. – UV Ray’s of the sun, pollination, toxins, stress. And this damage all lead to one thing – premature ageing.
Coenzyme Q10 can be beneficial. If you’re interested in trying it, be sure to consult with your doctor first.

 

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Is BPA-FREE Plastic really safe to use?

UNFOLDING THE MYTHS BEHIND ‘BPA-FREE’ PLASTICS

All is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. Let’s look at how plastics labelled as ‘BPA-free’ are actually not quite different from their BPA versions.

From reusable water bottles, plastic plates, to the liners in the canned foods, BPA (Bisphenol A) can be found.

BPA is proven to have a disruptive impact on normal hormone functions. With an explosion of research on BPA in the past few years, many studies have shed light on its negative effect on wildlife in terms of their reproductive and metabolic functions. These side effects are not just limited to the world of animals, but also have a grave impact on human reproductive functions that can be carried from generation to another.

As more and more companies moved away from using BPA in their products, a rise in BPA-free products started to gain momentum. After a few years, different versions of the BPA-free plastics like the BPS, BPF, BPZ, and many more became common in everyday products.

What is surprising that despite been tagged as BPA-free, these all basically contain a similar chemical structure to that of BPA, with just slight differences in each of them. So, all is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. The truth is, BPA or any of its variations, are very likely to disrupt the early reproductive functions in animals as well as humans.

What is now required is the regulation and banning of chemicals like BPA by class and not individually. As consumers, we can limit our use of plastics by replacing them with other sustainable alternatives like glass and steel.

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The Benefits of Using Miron Glass Jars to Store Food

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